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07/09/2015
Wave energy: work in progress
Wave energy seems to be the little brother of other renewable energy technologies. While solar and wind power have been commercialised and scaled up to the extent that some countries now get a substantial portion of their electricity from them (wind energy met more than 40% of Denmark's electricity...
11/03/2015
Seaweed cultivation project promises higher yields
Seaweed has been harvested for hundreds of years – the ocean plants are used for a variety of products, including edible seaweeds such as Japanese Project information: AT~SEA...
21/10/2014
An early 1970s computer model has proved remarkably accurate in predicting developments in the world economy, population and resource consumption, according to a recent study published by the Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute (MSSI) at the University of Melbourne, Australia. The computer...
07/05/2014
BEACON puts spotlight on biorefining  
A project to explore the possibilities of biorefining - or the processing of biomass into higher value materials - has been recognised by the The starting point for BEACON, which began in 2010 with financial support from the European Regional Development Fund, was research done by Aberystwyth...
30/09/2013
EU FUSIONS: food for thought
A major European Union research project is studying how the environmental problem of food waste can be tackled through agreed definitions, common strategies and social innovation. The EU FUSIONS project (Food Use for Social Innovation by Optimising Waste Prevention Strategies) is backed by the...
11/06/2013
EcoWater: Modelling the impact of environmental technology on water systems
A European research project led by the Environmental and Energy Management Research Unit of the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA), Greece, is developing complex indicators to measure the impact of eco-innovative technologies on ecosystems. The EcoWater project, says coordinator...
29/04/2013
Portal aims to help the seeds of innovation to grow
An online portal is aiming to promote the results of European environmental research and development by providing details of a range of promising eco-innovations, and rating their “technology readiness”. The Innovationseeds portal went public in mid-2012. It has established a library of results...
11/02/2013
Better sound barriers  
A Croatian project, part funded by the European Union's Competitiveness and Innovation Programme Eco-innovation initiative, is aiming to demonstrate that recycled vehicle tyres can be turned into an environmentally-useful product: sound reduction barriers that are installed alongside roads and...
11/02/2013
Recycled footwear products enter the market
Setting up systems so that consumers can return obsolete products to retailers – whether or not at the time of purchase of a new product – is an effective way of diverting old products from waste streams and encouraging reuse and recycling. Backed by legislation, such collection schemes are in...
12/11/2011
Floating houses for rising seas
A recent advance in the technology used to build floating houses could make this a more attractive option for low lying areas seeking to adapt to the effects of climate change. In low lying areas, floating or amphibian homes could provide an important means of defence against rising sea levels...

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